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Scientists at CERN discover “colour” of antimatter

Measuring the structure of antimatter could help us unlock the secrets of the universe<p>In a world first, researchers at CERN have measured the …

Global quantum internet dawns, thanks to China's Micius satellite

Thanks to the internet, a wealth of information is at our fingertips – although the flipside is that sensitive data is often vulnerable to …

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Singularity

US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

NASA wants to put astronauts on the very first launch of its new mega-rocket

The Space Launch System could carry astronauts as soon as 2019<p>Rumors are circulating on Twitter that NASA is shaking up its schedule for the Space Launch System. According to the scuttlebutt, the rocket's maiden launch may carry astronauts onboard. <i>Popular Science</i> has confirmed with Stuart McClung, …

Space Exploration

How the battle lines over CRISPR were drawn

<i>The U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled today in favor of the Broad Institute in the high stakes battle over who will control the valuable</i> …

A Computer to Rival the Brain

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production. His design replaced the lowly draw boy—the young apprentice who meticulously chose which threads to feed into the loom to create a particular pattern—with a series …

Turn a laptop hard drive into a portable drive

If you've upgraded your laptop, don't discard that "naked" drive. You can put it back to work as external storage.<p>What's the single best way to upgrade a laptop? Easy: Take out the mechanical hard drive and replace it with a solid-state drive (SSD).<p>You'll enjoy faster performance, longer battery …

Computer Hardware

Nasa engineer joins Uber to develop flying cars

Uber has stepped up its efforts to transport the commuters of tomorrow in flying cars by hiring a Nasa veteran to lead research into the technology.<p>The company wants to ease congestion on roads by operating fleets of airborne taxis, which would let commuters hop across cities.<p>It has now hired Mark …

Commuting

Vertical by Stephen Graham review – class war from above

Cities are now segregated by height, with the world’s wealthiest living high, argues this fascinating book<p>Some weeks ago, the director of the Tate galleries, Sir Nicholas Serota, had a spat with people living near Tate Modern that could have come from a satirical novel. They had complained that the …

Books

Israeli researchers prove headphones can be used as covert listening device

Millions of us don headphones each day. Few, if any, have ever given much thought to the possibility of someone listening on the other end.<p>Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel have created a piece of code designed to prove it’s possible to hijack a user’s headphones and turn them into a …

Cybersecurity

India offers credit facility to support farmers hit by cash clampdown | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government on Wednesday offered a credit line to support millions of farmers who have been left short of cash to buy seeds and fertilisers for their winter crops after its decision to cancel 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes.<p>A bank employee operates a money counting …

South Korea and Japan sign military intelligence-sharing deal

<b>Seoul (CNN) —</b> Japan and South Korea, once bitter enemies, have agreed to their closest military cooperation since the end of World War II.<p>The deal, which has been in the pipeline for five years, will allow both countries to share military intelligence directly without using the US military as an …

North Korea

Trump to scrap Nasa climate research in crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding as the president-elect seeks to shift focus away from home in favor of deep space exploration<p>Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior …

Donald Trump

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

<i>From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.</i><p>July 19, 2016 — Ten miles south of Tel Aviv, I stand on a catwalk over two …

Harry Potter's Magic Invisibility Cloak Is Not So Far-Fetched - Scientists Develop a Concealing Nano-Material

In an instance of science bridging the gap with fantasy and science fiction, researchers took a major step in creating an invisibility cloak. They …

Harry Potter

9 million barrels of oil are being hoarded on tankers in the North Sea

In May, there were seven million barrels of oil stored in tankers in the North Sea.<p>Bloomberg reports, citing the International Energy Agency, that worldwide crude oil amounts at sea had reached 95 million barrels at the end of June, the highest since the global financial recession in 2008.<p>However, …

Facebook executive says Brazil jail stint won't slow company's growth

Diego Dzodan says authorities treated him respectfully after arrest VP was jailed in dispute over law enforcement call for WhatsApp data<p>A Facebook executive who spent about 24 hours in a Brazilian jail this week said authorities treated him with respect and that the incident will not slow the …

Privacy

World digest: March 5, 2016

CHINA<p>Premier warns of tougher economy<p>Trying tried to quell anxiety about the country’s slowing economy following financial turmoil and rising labor unrest, China’s leadership cut its growth target Saturday and promised to open the oil and telecom industries to private competitors.<p>Premier Li …

North Africa

I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (5 March 2016)

<b>Top picks</b><p>From me at The Atlantic:<p>Psychology’s Replication Crisis Can’t Be Wished Away<br>• The Most Promising Cancer Therapy in Decades Is About to Get Better<br>• How Viruses Infiltrated Our DNA and Supercharged Our Immune System<br>• Where the Whale Things Are<br>• Viruses Have Their Own Version of CRISPR<br>• The Origin of …

Immune System

China Lays Out Its Vision to Become a Tech Power

China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation …

When Entrepreneurs Buy Out A Cofounder And Start Over Financially

Many of those in the startup community are enthusiastic about working closely with a cofounder to launch their business. It is true that in the early months and years, having a cofounder to lean on, plan with, execute with and manage stress can be critical.<p>Many companies make it through those early …

Entrepreneurship

Six Lessons Learned From Kronos' Cloud Computing Strategy

• 90% of new Kronos software purchases are cloud-based today, and there are 17,000 active customers on Kronos Cloud.<br>• Kronos’ latest release is written in HTML5 in response to customers’ requests for greater user interface flexibility and a more intuitive user experience.<br>• Providing customers the freedom …

Employee Engagement